Is ‘Summer Pet Safety’ an Oxymoron? Not with Our Guidelines!
Pets sure do know how to find trouble, don’t they? Whether it’s toxins, foreign bodies, or injuries, they really can find themselves in veritable jams. Luckily, they are limited to an incident every once in awhile, but then comes summer. With it’s BBQ’s, block parties, parades, and more, an adherence to summer pet safety can get quickly relegated to the back burner.
Don’t fret! Old Derby Animal Hospital has some tips and tricks, so you and your pet can get through the hottest, busiest months of the year without a single worry.
First, the Heat
We couldn’t talk about summer pet safety without some information about the effects of heat on our furry friends. It is absolutely critical to keep pets cool and comfortable throughout the day. To that end, please be sure to follow these measures:
- Exercise your pet in the early morning or evening hours to avoid the direct sun.
- Try to walk your dog on grassy surfaces; avoid concrete, asphalt, or gravel surfaces.
- Inspect their paw pads to ensure they aren’t getting burned while outside.
- Take frequent breaks and always have a fresh supply of cool water.
- Remember: the shade if your pet’s friend.
- At home, ensure that your pet has a cool, shady place to rest.
- Provide ice blocks, splash pools, or sprinklers to keep them cool.
- Never block access to AC in the house
Please do not ever leave your pet in a parked car. Even if you plan to return within a few minutes, temperatures can quickly soar into the triple digits, exposing your pet to risks of heat stroke.
Between the food, drinks, sweets, and crowds at summer events, it can be easy to forget summer pet safety. Either leave your pet in the comfort of your own home or board them, or if you do bring them along, please watch them carefully. Fatty meats, Xylitol-sweetened treats, alcohol, and more can really land a pet in the ER.
Additionally, anxious or stressed pets have a tendency to run away. Please be sure to update your pet’s microchip information if anything has changed.
Bugs Are a Real Bummer
Pet owners work hard to protect their pets, but summer bugs do their best to thwart our efforts. Fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes must be stopped before affecting your pet’s overall health, wellness, and longevity. If you haven’t updated your pet’s parasite preventative, please give us a call. Remember, even strictly-indoor cats should be protected from the bugs that can easily slip inside on your clothing, through open windows or door, or on other animals entering the house.
Summer Pet Safety & Swimming
It’s that time of the year for enjoying the nearby lakes, rivers, coastline, or even neighborhood pools. While it’s fun to play fetch with Fido or swim with your dog in the water, we urge you to watch them carefully. Investing in a personal flotation device (PFD) for your pet is a great assurance, but it’s never a substitute for close, careful supervision.